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    The Brașov Citadel Fortress

    by liliana91 Written Oct 16, 2011

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    Cetatea Brașovului-The Brașov Citadel Fortress
    On a small Hill,you can find The Brașov Citadel Fortress.It's a lovely place.
    Remember to knock on the door, and if no one answer you, don't get panic, wait few minutes and then knock again. There was no such things as guide, tax for entry or for taking photos, they let us to walk in the fortress alone.

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    Saint Martin Church

    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 10, 2007

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    The Saint Martin Church (Biserica Sfantul Martin) was built in 1522 and used to be a catholic chapel until 1542. The Gothic style building is the third oldest church in Brasov.

    A cemetery where many Germans are buried can be found on the western side of the church.

    Unfortunately the churchyard was closed when we visited the church, therefore we couldn't enjoy the panoramic views of the northern part of the city.

    Directions:
    The Saint Martin Church is located on the Lower Hill (Dealul de Jos ) just north of the city centre. It takes about 30 minutes on foot to get there.

    Address: St. Martin Church , Str. Dealul de Jos 12, Brasov

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    The Synagogue

    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 10, 2007

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    The first Jews settled in Brasov at the very beginning of the 19th century. About one century later (1901) the Synagogue (Sinagoga) was opened.

    The Neo-Roman/Moorish style building was designed by architect Leopold Baumhorn.

    Nowadays there are only about 230 Jews living in Brasov, whereas in 1940 Brasov's Jewish community consisted of about 4000 members.

    Directions:
    The Synagogue is located in a backyard at the Poarta Schei street, which can be found just southwest of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).

    Address: Synagogue, Str. Poarta Schei 27, Brasov

    Synagogue (Sinagoga) Synagogue (Sinagoga)
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    City Hall (the yellow tower)

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 17, 2006

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    Built as a watch tower in the 13th century, the structure was eventually expanded and turned into medieval Brasov's city hall. Most of what you see today is from the 15th century. It is houses the Museum of Brasov.

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    The Black Church

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 17, 2006

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    One of Brasov's most famous sights is the Black Church. The church got its name after a fire in 1689 turned its walls black. It is Romania's largest Gothic church. Inside, visitors can admire several priceless Turkish carpets displayed on the walls. The church's 19th century organ is still operational, with occasional recitals.

    The Black Church in the background at the left

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    First Romanian language school

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 12, 2012

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    The history of the first Romanian language school (Prima Scoala Romaneasca) dates back to 1495. At that time it was among the leading schools for Romanian people.

    In the middle of the 16th century a printing press was opened in the building.

    Most of the first printed books in Romanian were printed here. Nowadays the building houses a school museum.

    Directions:
    The building of the first Romanian language school is situated on the grounds of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, which can be found at the large square Piata Unirii, in the old Romanian suburb of Schei.

    Address: First Romanian language school, Piata Unirii 2-3, Brasov

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    Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 10, 2007

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    The Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution commemorates the people who died during the street fights aginst the Ceaucescu dictatorship.

    These street fights took place in December 1989.

    The memorial consists of a large cross which is surrounded by the graves of the victims. All graves have a black and white photograph of the buried person.

    Directions:
    The Memorial to the victims of the Romanian Revolution is situated near the eastern end of the Central Park "Nicolae Titulescu".

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    Mountain hike-the Seven Stairs

    by midnight_mike Written May 26, 2006

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    Only about a 15-minute drive from the center of Brasov, the Seven Stairs Canyon offers hikers an opportunity to see nature at one of its finest moments. Visitors to the Piatra Mare Mountains can climb ladders alongside the cascades of seven waterfalls, the tallest of which is 60-feet tall. Once you get to the top, there is an amazing view.

    It is not too physically demanding, but you should be in decent physical shape if you plan to climb the ladders. I would advise wearing something other than sandals. If you fall off a ladder, you will probably be spending many weeks in the hospital.

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    Mt. Tampa cable car

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 17, 2006

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    To appreciate the beauty of Brasov's compact old town, take a cable car to the top of Mt. Tampa. This is the highest point in town, so bring a camera. While waiting for the cable car to go back down, have a drink at the bar. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, walk down on your own.

    It cost about $1 to take the cable car. It operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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    Council Hall sq. (aka Piata Sfatului/Marktplatz)

    by josephescu Updated Jul 30, 2006

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    The old square is the best known symbol of Brasov, being the favourite meeting, walking, eating or resting place for both tourists and natives. Lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the square recalls the Germans' heritage of the region.

    The old Council House (Casa Sfatului) in the middle of the square is a city landmark - see sepparate tip.

    Around the square you'll find some of the smaller landmarks: the Renaissance style Hirscher House or Merchant's House (now the "Cerbul Carpatin" restaurant), the beautiful entrance to the Orthodox church or the museum dedicated to the Muresianu family out of which came the first editor of "Gazeta de Transilvania", a political newspaper published in the 19th century. One of the square's corners is dominated by the town's most famous landmark, the Black Church.

    view from Tampa peak Council house orthodox church towards the Black Church towards the Black Tower
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    Schei Gate

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    The history of the Schei Gate (Poarta Schei) dates back to the 13th century when Brasov was under Saxon rule.

    Romanians were only allowed to enter the walled city at certain times and therefore settled outside the wall in a district called Schei.

    The current Schei Gate was constructed in 1827 and repleced the old gate which was destroyed by fires.

    Directions:
    The Schei Gate can be found at the southwestern end of the old town, just next to the Catherine’s Gate.

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    Black Church - 1

    by josephescu Written Jul 30, 2006

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    Brasov's most important landmark, the Black Church, is said to be the largest Gothic church est to Vienna. Originally dedicated to Virgin Marry the church was Roman-Catholic for more than a century and a half and later, with the reformation sweeping across Europe, it became a Lutheran one. Service is still held today for the small German community from Brasov on Sundays.
    The Black Church had a turbulent history: built between 1385 and 1477 on the site of an earlier church (destroyed by tartar invasions in 1242), the construction of the Marienkirche was hampered by extensive damage caused by Turkish raids in 1421. The church was given its new name after disaster struck again in 1689, when the 'Great Fire, set by Hapsburg invaders, leveled most of the town, heavily damaged the church, blackening its walls. Restoration took almost 100 years. Of the two towers planned, only one (65,6m high) was finished. The year 1477 is written in Gothic letters on the front gate, the only piece made in wood that resisted the fire. The original Gothic interior has suffered under the restorations, and the lofty, light space you see nowadays is mostly Baroque. Most of the objects inside the church date from the reconstruction time except for the baptismal font which was cast in bronze by a local craftsman in 1450.
    The church is built of friable grit stones and andesite arranged in cubic shape. That's the reason why the statues placed on the exteriors couldn't survive the time and had to be replaced by new ones. The oldest statue still standing belongs to Saint Peter and it is to be seen on the Southern part of the church.

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    Tampa hill

    by mirchica Updated Jan 24, 2013

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    The best vie to the city - Tampa hill is just south of the old city and you can easily reach it by the telecabin Tampa. On the hill there is Brasov sign in "Holywood" style. There they have built a panorama terrace that gives you a view to the whole city. You can also enjoy it from the restaurant there (although it's in old communist style).
    The cable cars runs from 9 to 17 every 15 min and a round trip cost 15 lei. The journey takes only 2 minutes. The station is situated very close to the Hunter's Tower

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    Rope street (aka strada Sforii)

    by josephescu Updated Jul 30, 2006

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    Strada Sforii is considered the narrowest street in Europe. It links Cerbului Street with Poarta Schei. It is 80 m long and its width is between 111cm and 135 cm (3.64 feet to 4.42 feet). It was mentioned in official documents starting with the 17th century. It was first meant to facilitate easier access to the city Centrex for the firefighters. The street was renovated in 2003 around 1.3 meters (4 ft.) wide. Street lights are duplicates of the original ones which can be seen in the History Museum.

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    The White Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    The White Tower (Turnul Alb) was built in 1494 and at that time it was part of the defensive walls which protected the city from the Turks and Tatars.

    It has a semicircular shape and was renovated just recently. From the tower you can enjoy panoramic views of Brasov's old town.

    Directions:
    The White Tower is situated on a steep hill just northwest of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului). You have to climb about 200 steep steps to reach it.

    White Tower (Turnul Alb ) View of Brasov from the White Tower (Turnul Alb )
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